Jessica Aguilar confirmed that she has been released from her World Series of Fighting contract during an appearance on The MMA Hour Monday.
Aguilar sits atop the female strawweight rankings, even ahead of current UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, in many world-wide polls. The 33-year-old was the WSOF champion, winning all three of her title fights.
“I haven’t fought in two months, and I think my next step is to be the UFC champion,” Aguilar said. “I’ve decided to become the next UFC champion.
“The UFC wasn’t allowed to talk to me while I was under contract with WSOF, so I’ve solved that issue for them. I’m a free agent.”
Aguilar (19-4) holds wins over the likes of Megumi Fuijii and former UFC champion Carla Esparza. Unlike some previous releases between fighters and the WSOF, this one was best for both, according to Aguilar.
“WSOF was amazing. I asked them what I wanted and they granted me release to do whatever I wanted to do,” she said. “My goal is to be the No. 1 (fighter) in my weight class, and that’s in the UFC.”
Ali Abdelaziz, an official with WSOF, posted on Twitter “It’s been a pleasure working with Jessica Aguilar these past couple of years. I wish her nothing but the best.”